Rockstar Violinist Podcast
About This Show
Rockstar Violinist is the Electric Violin Shop podcast, hosted by Matt Bell and featuring interviews with the most creative and noteworthy electric strings performing and recording artists.
Our podcast is generously sponsored by:
• D'Addario, a manufacturer of the finest in strings for violin, viola, cello, and upright bass. Enter their special Rockstar Violinist podcast strings giveaway at: http://ddar.io/VR1
• CodaBow, pioneers of carbon fiber bows serving a worldwide network of professional artists and teachers.
Visit daddario.com/orchestral and www.codabow.com to learn more, or visit electricviolinshop.com to purchase their fine products!
Most Recent Episode
Rockstar Violinist Episode 6: Black Violin
When the members of Black Violin first learned to play their signature instruments--Wil Baptiste at the viola 14 years old and Kev Marcus the violin at the tender age of 9--neither could have foreseen that it would become their livelihood, though it was already becoming their passion.
With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare-a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel.
In this interview:
Intro Music: “Stereotypes” from the album “Stereotypes”
0:45 - Sponsor shoutout - D’Addario and Codabow
1:45 - How they got started playing
9:00 - How they got known before the age of social media
9:45 - The “Showtime at the Apollo” story
11:00 - Shows with Alicia Keys, Linking Park, P. Diddy, Kanye, Jay-Z
12:12 - Writing original music
13:20 - Kev talks gear and tone
19:45 - Wil talks gear and tone
23:00 - Discussion on improv
24:40 - Live improv - from Portland, Oregon. April 3, 2017. From YouTube
27:00 - More on improv
30:30 - How to make the instrument your own
34:00 - How to inspire young kids to practice
37:54 - Tour life
41:12 - What’s after this tour?
44:40 - Vivaldi 4 Seasons Remix
45:00 - D’Addario giveaway info
46:35 - Endorsements - CodaBow info
48:50 - How to put on a great show
53:00 - Authenticity
55:25 - “We got arrested in China”
1:00:00 - Adventures in Thailand
1:02:00 - Traveling with family
1:03:30 - “A-Flat” from the “Classically Trained” Album.
For tour and other info, please visit http://blackviolin.net/.
A big thanks to our sponsors D'Addario, a manufacturer of the finest in strings for violin, viola, cello, and upright bass, and CodaBow, pioneers of carbon fiber bows serving a worldwide network of professional artists and teachers.
D’Addario is giving away a set of Zyex strings to a lucky Rockstar Violinist listener! Debbie Roper, Anatoliy Khomenko, and Mia Herlinger were randomly selected as winners of the first giveaway. To enter in the new giveaway go to https://daddario.formstack.com/forms/rv2.
Visit daddario.com/orchestral and http://www.codabow.com to learn more, or visit https://www.electricviolinshop.com to purchase their fine products!